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Foreign AffairsXi Jinping's Absence at G20 Summit in India Sparks Global Conversations

Xi Jinping’s Absence at G20 Summit in India Sparks Global Conversations

U.S. President Joe Biden Expresses Disappointment, Strained Sino-Indian Relations, and Global Implications for Diplomacy and Governance

In a move that has caught the attention of world leaders and international media, Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly not attending the upcoming G20 summit in India. This decision comes amid strained bilateral relations between China and India, particularly concerning their disputed border in the Himalayan mountain range. The absence of Xi Jinping from such a high-profile international event raises questions about China’s diplomatic intentions and its relationship with India, as well as the global community.

President Joe Biden of the United States expressed his disappointment over Xi Jinping’s absence. According to Independent, Biden mentioned that he is “disappointed” and plans to raise the issue of Putin’s war in Ukraine during the G20 summit. The absence of the Chinese leader from the summit has led to widespread speculation, fueled by unverified reports, suggesting that Premier Li Qiang will represent China at the event.

The decision for Xi Jinping to skip the G20 summit comes after recent clashes between Chinese and Indian troops in a disputed border region. Sky News reports that relations between China and India have been frosty due to their disputed border in the Himalayan mountain range. This absence could be seen as a diplomatic maneuver, signaling China’s stance on its relationship with India.

CNN reported that this would be the first time Xi Jinping would miss an important gathering of the world’s 20 top economies. According to CNN, Premier Li Qiang will be traveling to the event in New Delhi in his place. This absence is not just a bilateral issue between China and India; it has broader implications for global politics and diplomacy. It raises questions about China’s role in global governance and its willingness to engage in multilateral discussions.

As the G20 summit approaches, the world will be watching closely to see how China’s absence affects the discussions and outcomes of the event. cnbctv18.com mentions that if Xi Jinping does not travel to Delhi, he and Biden may have an opportunity to meet in November when the US hosts the APEC conference in San Francisco.

In conclusion, Xi Jinping’s decision to not attend the G20 summit in India is a significant diplomatic move that has sparked conversations and speculations globally. It not only impacts Sino-Indian relations but also has broader implications for international diplomacy and governance. As the world grapples with complex challenges, from climate change to geopolitical tensions, the absence of a key player like China from such an important international forum raises critical questions that demand attention.

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Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa
Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa
Editor-in-chief of The Eastern Herald, Political & Foreign Relations Strategist.

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